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We have a new 2012 RDS environment. 2 session hosts a third 2012 for the connection broker, licensing server and web access. The environment functions very well and redirects to available hosts as required, however any desktop customizations made by the users is not retained on their subsequent sessions, UNLESS, they reconnect to the initial host. If redirected to the second host their saves do not follow.
I have their roaming profiles configured in GP and have determined that the permissions are sufficient for standard users to create and save into their individual folders.
I'm obviously missing something, probably very basic, but, I along with 2 of my colleagues haven't been able to ferret it out.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you
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Many settings do not roam with roaming profiles and is not new to 2012 R2. Windows has long separated settings into roaming settings (stored in the roaming profile), local settings, (stored in a local directory and never roams, and "local low" which is similar to local, but low priority settings that may quickly change based on other criteria outside the scope of this question.  That has been the structure of a profile for near two decades.

For remote desktops, to overcome the load balancing and preserving settings issue, Microsoft introduced the "user profile disk" concept more recently. The entire profile, local/roaming/other is stored on a separate disk (usually hosted on a file server) and that disk is loaded by the RDS environment whenever a user logs in. This gives the appearance that all RDS servers in a collection are one giant RDS server, and this is the recommended approach to solve the problem you have.
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Excellent response!!!!

Due to lack of familiarity, I tip-toed around it. Your solution prompted me to move forward with the configuration and all appears to be functioning well.

Thank you for a job well done......
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